I was honored to preach at my friend Wayne Anderson’s church this past weekend. Here is the worship service. My message starts around minute 22:30.
It’s not about money. It’s about fruit.
It’s hard to be desperate for God in times of “success.”
Today’s reading for MULTIPLY discipleship is Galatians 6. And what comes up AGAIN? The cross. (It seems to be all over the New Testament… and very hard to avoid.) 1 Corinthians 1 on Sunday… Galatians 6 today… and the cross. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our LordContinue reading “Good bye cruel world!”
Paul writing in Galatians brings verification of his preaching by retelling the story of his visit to the apostles. The big issue, of course, was the gospel coming to the Gentiles, but the one piece of common theological ground they had to have from Paul was this: They asked only that we would remember theContinue reading “Remember the poor”
Growing up in a conservative church was more about what you didn’t do rather than what you DID do. That’s just life. We all have things growing up we need to learn how to adjust. Those things may not need to be tossed overboard. They may just need to be readjusted. But when you growContinue reading “White Knuckle Christianity”
I do the vast majority of my work on computer now, but I am a fan of pens. Good pens. I love fountain pens. If I take the time to journal, I try to have a fountain pen nearby. The ink on my hands is just fun for me. My “better” fountain pen has aContinue reading “Use It or Lose It”
As I read through 1-2 Corinthians and Galatians, I am constantly struck by our impulses. As humans, we seem to strive for being “one up” on someone else… anyone else. Even in the Church, Paul battled these kinds of attitudes. With the Corinthians, it was being “one up” with spiritual gifts… or being “one up”Continue reading “Freedom in Christ and Freedom from Arrogance”
Reading through Galatians this morning, there is no doubt Paul is dealing with something in this group that causes him to be incredibly harsh quickly. What he sees is a moving away from the gospel and he is impelled to warn them. We have these tendencies. For the Galatians, it was a move back intoContinue reading “Our Own Foolish Desires”
The article regarding this new moralistic deism had an interesting paragraph: All this means is that teenagers have been listening carefully. They have been observing their parents in the larger culture with diligence and insight. They understand just how little their parents really believe and just how much many of their churches and Christian institutionsContinue reading “The New American “Christianity”, Part 2″